Is the Liberal Party of Canada dead?
In a word, "No."
Those who question the future existence of the Liberal Party of Canada need only look at the fantastic candidates seeking the Party's Presidency. Former Deputy Prime Minister Sheila Copps. Former MP Alexandra Mendes. Kingston-area riding President Ron Hartling. Calgary-area Liberal Charles Ward. And, my choice, former President of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) Mike Crawley. All five candidates bring to the something unique. Whether it be getting down to what brought the Party into government in 1993. Or whether it be being a representation of the next generation of our Party. Or as a face of the little success the Federal Liberals have enjoyed as of late. Or as someone with an eye for future of what this Party can be.
The Conservatives and New Democrats that root, root, root for their home team; while root, root, rooting for the Liberal Party to whither and die should be be worried. We have a handful of candidates ready to get down to the nitty-gritty of rebuilding a once great party. Don't worry, folks. You won't have to make room in your parties for people such as me - who believe corporate tax cuts stimulate the economy, but that it is time to end subsidies to Alberta Big Oil. Liberals will survive.
But our best bet to that will come with making the correct choice in January in Ottawa. For me that is Mike Crawley. More than any other candidate Mike is looking to the future of this party. He knows we can't rest on the laurels of the likes of Laurier, Pearson, Trudeau, and Chretien. We can't go in to 2013 looking for the next leader in this line. We can only look to 2015. And than 2019. And than 2023. Is that David McGuinty? Is that Dominic LeBlanc? Is that Scott Brison? Is it someone else? I don't know. But I do know we can't treat them like we've treated Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. And Mike understands that.
Its time for change in the Liberal Party of Canada. Its time for Mike Crawley to become our next President. He has my support. I ask that you make sure he has your's too. But I also ask that you make an informed decision. As such, I will be including website to all candidates below.
Mike Crawley - http://www.mikecrawley.ca/
Sheila Copps - http://sheilacopps.ca/
Ron Hartling - http://ronhartling.ca/
Alexandra Mendes - http://www.alexamendes.ca/
Charles Ward - [Please note that I could not locate a website. If someone would provide a link, I would be more than happy to include it.]